Romans 14

 

Romans 14:1,2
Him that is weak in the faith [believing] receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak [in believing], eateth herbs.

It is intriguing to note that vegetarians and meat eaters were falling out with each other thousands of years ago.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
What has been will be again, and what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

Vegetarians and meat eaters have been falling out with each other since forever. As the word says, there is nothing new under the sun. So what do we do about it in our home churches when this comes up? Keep reading!

Romans 14:3
Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Divide and conquer is a well rehearsed and trusted strategy that is always used by tyrants to enslave people. It doesn't matter what it is that divides us, if we are divided we are fighting among ourselves, and if we are fighting amongst ourselves our enemies have an easy time conquering us. Politics divides us, abortion divides us, vegetarianism divides us, race divides us, skin colour divides us, sexuality divides us, in fact everything the world does divides us. The only thing in the senses realm that brings people together is the word of God.

Now, I'm not going to take sides here. I'm going to follow Paul's lead because he was writing by revelation. I'm not going to say eating meat is right or wrong or say eating only fruit and vegetables is right or wrong because Paul doesn't either and he was writing by revelation. However, what I do know from the word is that back in paradise God told Adam and Eve that fruit and vegetables would be their food.

Genesis 1:28,29
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

I also believe this prophecy in Isaiah gives us a glimpse of what life will be like in the final paradise after the events of the book of Revelation have come to pass.

Isaiah 11:6-9
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Okay, we are not living in the original paradise any longer and nor are we living in the final paradise yet, we are living in a shithole world run by the devil. So what does God think about eating meat these days? Romans was written by revelation from God, and Paul states clearly by revelation that vegetarians are weak in believing.

Romans 14:1,2
Him that is weak in the faith [believing] receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak [in believing], eateth herbs.

Although killing animals and eating meat wasn't in God's heart when he put the world together, it is here now and nothing we can do is going to change that. We just do the best we can with what is available. So, if you're a mature believer who is strong in believing and you eat meat and it doesn't affect your mental or emotional state, all well and good, enjoy your food. If you're an immature believer who is weak in believing and you opt to eat fruit and vegetables, that's perfectly okay as well, enjoy your food. However, you vegetarians are not to judge believers who eat meat, and you believers who eat meat are not to despise vegetarians. Each to his own for we are all God's children and he loves all of us regardless of what we eat. Now let's read these first two verses again and move on.

Romans 14:1,2
Him that is weak in the faith [believing] receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak [in believing], eateth herbs.

Doubtful disputatons is heated arguments. Although we receive vegetarians kindly and allow them into our homes, we certainly don't allow them to start arguments with other believers because they eat meat. If they argue and fret and throw tantrums, teach them this stuff in Romans. Let's read these first 4 verses again with this understanding.

Romans 14:1-4
Him that is weak in the faith [believing] receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak [in believing], eateth herbs.

Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Listen up you veggies, yes, it is terrible the way men treat animals these days and farm them for slaughter. God isn't exactly happy with it either, and nor am I. However, this is the world we live in, and it isn't God's fault the world is the way it is, it's our fault. Adam and Eve gave their authority to the Devil back in Genesis and he can run his world any way he likes. I'm not exactly very happy about it, but here we are. Now, if you want to eat vegetables, that's fine with me and it's fine with God, enjoy your food. However, don't waggle your finger at those of us who eat meat, judge us, argue with us and throw tantrums or it's out the door you go. It is the same with calendar events, which back then were closely related to food and banquets just as Christmas these days is associated with roast chicken and roast turkey.

Romans 14:5
One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Yes, in the old testament there were a few commandments regarding certain foods, but there are no commandments about whether we should only eat meat or only eat fruit and vegetables. We each have to make up our own minds on this. If we decide to eat meat, we don't despise our brothers and sisters in Christ who decide to eat fruit and vegetables. If we decide to eat fruit and vegetables, we don't judge and condemn our brothers and sisters in Christ who eat meat. Keeping in mind that we are discussing eating meat, fruit and vegetables, follow the logic of Paul's teaching to verse 13 and it will now make perfect sense.

Romans 14:6-13
He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

A stumblingblock could be malicious but it would more likely be a prank done without thinking. We have to respect each other's decisions about our diet. Let me illustrate. I once served as a navigating cadet on a Ben Line Steamers cargo ship aboard which were a few Somali deckhands who were muslims. Those men were well liked by everyone, they did a good job, they looked after me because I was so young, and we were all on first name terms with all of them. Then one day someone in the galley decided to have some fun and put a few pieces of bacon in one of their dinners. Just a prank, of course, and he laughed when the man realised he had eaten bacon. However, it was no laughing matter. The man was immediately shunned by all the other muslim sailors, they wouldn't speak to him, or even sit in the same room with him. The man was convinced God was going to kill him and that he was going to hell because he was unclean. Over the next few days he became so ill we had to sail into a nearby port where he was discharged and taken to hospital. Listen folks, this is real life stuff. Let's love each other, respect each other's decisions, and not put stumblingblocks in each others way. If muslims come to your home churches, look after them. It isn't diet that defines us, it is the gift of holy spirit we each have. Verse 14 will make a lot more sense now. Certain foods in certain cultures are considered unclean. There is nothing unclean of itself, but to someone who has been brought up to believe something is unclean, to him it is unclean.

Romans 14:14,15
I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

If muslims are coming to your home churches, don't eat bacon in front of them just to piss them off. That isn't walking with the love of God. If a muslim is born again, he is your brother or sister in Christ, so treat them as family because we are all God's children and God is our father. Look after their hearts.

Romans14:16-23
Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost [holy spirit].

For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

Hast thou faith [believing]? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith [believing]: for whatsoever is not of faith [believing] is sin.


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